Homelessness

Homelessness is a real problem in communities across the Commonwealth — a problem that increasingly involves not only individuals but entire families. On any given day, 16,200 Pennsylvanians are known to be homeless. During one school year, school districts around the state provide services to approximately 13,000 homeless children.  

The issues of affordable housing and homelessness are intricately connected. While circumstantial factors vary, homelessness occurs when people or households are unable to acquire and/or maintain housing they can afford. The chief cause of homelessness in the United States is the scarcity of affordable homes. 

The Housing Alliance has also organized the Homeless Providers Network, a subcommittee of service providers and advocates to develop and focus more resources on the growing issue of homelessness.

News for Homelessness

Inclusionary zoning does not drive up housing costs

New research shows that it doesn’t raise housing costs, but it doesn’t help very low-income families much, either.
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How to build inclusive cities

“Economic growth is easy, but inclusion is harder.”
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Next steps for projects not renewed in the FY 2015 CoC program competition

Many projects were not renewed and now face the extremely difficult task of finding alternative funding, downsizing, or closing.
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PHFA issues RFP for use of Marcellus Shale/PHARE funding to improve housing

The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency today is issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for projects to improve the availability and affordability of housing in the Marcellus Shale region of the state. The deadline for proposal submission is 2 p.m. on August 12.
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Materials from Pittsburgh Housing Trust Fund Event

We believe a balanced housing market with a combination of low-priced and market rental and home ownership as well as supported housing, we can ensure housing opportunity for all and stable neighborhood growth. A funding strategy that can help bring this vision to reality is a Local Housing Trust Fund.

Erie County's homelessness drops 16 percent

The number of homeless people decreased in Erie County, but the number of children living in homeless families is back on the rise.
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Affordable Housing Task Force Findings and Recommendations to Mayor William Peduto and the Pittsburgh City Council

Through research, discussion, and community and stakeholder engagement, the Task Force has arrived at recommendations that respond to both the assumption and the realities of affordable housing in the city.

Housing task force: $10 million Pittsburgh trust fund needed

An annual $10 million housing trust fund, expanding the use of the existing 4 percent low-income housing tax credit and protection of existing homeowners and tenants should all be part of Pittsburgh’s strategy for maintaining and growing its supply of affordable housing, according to a report issued Tuesday.
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If you aren't making $23.27/hour, you can't afford to live in Philly: Report

Pa. residents making minimum wage would have to work 101 hours per week to pay the average rent.
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